December 12, 2019


Traveling for school can be a decision that will change your life forever.  It will alter the way you perceive the world.  Whether you have a good experience or a bad one, it will still propel you farther than you had previously anticipated.  On average, students who study and travel abroad have a much higher rate of success.  Of course, that may be chalked up to the general caliber of students who are more LIKELY to travel abroad, but this has always seemed to prove true.


The Risk Factors

One of the biggest reasons why organizations love to help traveling students is because these students are some of the most courageous in the world.  It is the ability to adapt to foreign environments and make the best out of difficult and adverse situations that end up creating the worlds most successful people.

With all this risk, many non profit organizations will do everything they can in order to keep that student studying away.  This often means that the traveling student will more than likely get a full ride.  That’s right, in certain situations, it can be cheaper for certain students to study in Brazil than to study ten miles from home.


Different Organizations

The organizations that will sponsor a student to go overseas will be those ones which are the oldest among them.  The Masonic Lodges, Elks Lodge, and Rotary Clubs are going to be great places to try to gain the funding necessary to earn degrees overseas.  However, it may be a smart idea to note that in order to take advantage of these scholarship funds, you may need to become a member.  Especially if you have no family apart of that organization, this will perhaps be a bit of a challenge.

Also, you will need to make sure that your grades are stellar.  They will not foot a dime to someone who is likely to embarrass their organization by underachieving.  So, make sure that your current grades are high and that you carry yourself professionally.  You will be their ambassadors to other countries.

Overall, this is perhaps one of the best ways to go if you are looking to travel, but there are a few other ways to ensure that you can get your hands in some money to study abroad.

It is important that you continue to excel, even when in the other country.  That will be a huge deciding factor if you do or do not receive their moneys.


The Scholarships

  • Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarships are awarded to students who have completed at least two years of college-level coursework. Scholarships of up to $26,000 can be used to pay for tuition, fees, educational supplies, round-trip transportation, and basic living expenses.

Scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate academic excellence, outstanding leadership skills, a high level of maturity, and a commitment to community service, as well as a passion for history, politics, and culture. Scholarship winners are expected to give regular presentations and participate in Rotary service projects during their study abroad.

If you are interested in applying for a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholarship, contact your local Rotary club to begin the application process.

  • Dr. Bill Newton – Kathy Neville Scholarship #1 (one at $1,000 [for training])
    – Citizen or permanent resident of any country
    – Entering or working in the travel and tourism industry
    – Have successfully completed and fully paid for the International Tour Management Institute’s (ITMI) Tour Guide or Tour Director Certification training (a U. S. state-licensed school) no more than 12 months prior to the scholarship application deadline date
  • Administered through the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AH&LEF), this program was established by Ecolab in 1996 as a commitment to the lodging industry and to support the development of its future leaders.

    Ecolab Scholarships are self-nominated, which means students do not have to attend a particular school or be nominated by their respective schools. Baccalaureate majors will receive $2,000 awards while associate majors will receive $1,000 awards.